Valley Views Glamping

The glamping area at Valley Views Glamping in Waitaki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

Glamping with sweeping views of the Waitaki Valley, and hosts who know its every nook and cranny including the best summer swimming holes. Honeymoon, stay-cation, reunion, whatever the occasion, it’ll be best had here.

The Terraces

Old artifacts on a dresser and land yacht at The Terraces with table in foreground in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

Local Kevin Murdoch restored The Terraces building and filled it with historical relics and an art studio. Pop in for a chat with Kevin and the other Ōamaru artist in residence, Al Bell - this is something of an alternative visitors’ centre.

Steampunk HQ

Exterior view of Steampunk HQ victorian building in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

This epicentre of Steampunk culture is where interactive art comes to life in a way that’s fun, spooky, antique and futuristic all at once. Steampunk enthusiasts from far and wide travel to Ōamaru to play the metagalactic pipe organ, check out the doomsday clock and more.

Poshtel

View of bedroom at Poshtel accommodation in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

Poshtel has to be one of the most unique accommodation options around New Zealand. In keeping with one of Ōamaru's most notable personality traits, Steampunk, it’s filled with antiques and relics. The fascinating, grunty decor is paired with conscious design details which put this hotel into a league all its own: quirky yet luxurious.

River-T Estate Wines

3 wine bottles on top of a wine barrel River-T Estate in Kurow.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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River-T Estate vineyard and tasting room has the ‘largest selection of Waitaki wine in the world’. Sit inside or amongst the rows, sip a glass and get stuck into any of their locally sourced platters.

Grainstore Gallery

Close up of Donna Demente painting at Grainstone Gallery in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

Not quite a gallery or a studio, Grainstore Gallery is an emporium of local artist Donna Demente’s larger than life paintings and sculptures and the ephemera that informs them. Climb up the stairs and be immersed in her creative world.

Elephant Rocks

View of Elephant Rocks in the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

For a nice walk, a bit of bouldering or both, head to Elephant Rocks. Sculpted by wind and rain, these funky outcrops give visitors a glimpse of the limestone that make the Waitaki Valley’s terroir so unique.